Injury-Proof Your Sports
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Injury-Proof Your Sports

Do you know the right gear to wear for your sport or how to stretch safely? See if you know how to avoid those ouch moments.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: The more vents on a bicycle helmet, the safer it is.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though vents may look cool, it's the foam lining that protects your head during a fall. More vents typically mean less protective foam.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How can avid tennis players avoid wrist injury?

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The correct answer is: To lower your risk of wrist injury, it's important to increase flexibility and range of motion in the wrist. You also want to improve your grip strength. A combination of static stretching and foam rolling (use a stick or tennis ball and apply presure to tight or sore areas) can alleviate tightness and help you avoid injury.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What's a good way to prevent injury while training for a marathon?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When training for a marathon, it's important to take it slow and increase mileage gradually. Besides a 10 percent increase each week and regular “easy” weeks every three to four weeks, strengthen your core with weight training to prevent other injuries.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How can you prevent a lower-back injury when surfing?

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The correct answer is: A strong core can prevent some painful surfing-related injuries, especially those in the lower back. Incorporate floor bridges, plank and floor cobra into your workouts.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How effective are bicycle helmets at preventing head injury?

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The correct answer is: A recent study found that cyclists who wore helmets reduced their risk of head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by more than 88 percent. But if you do hit your head while wearing a helmet, it's still critical to see a doctor. Head injuries can be very serious, but they often don't produce symptoms right away.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Why is stretching beneficial for runners?

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The correct answer is: Though stretching won't prevent all running-related injuries, it can help prevent injuries associated with a poor range of motion by alleviating stiffness and improving flexibility. Remember, stretching should always be done after you've warmed up, and dynamic stretches (leg swings, hurdle walks, lunges) should be done after static (stationary) stretches.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How can you prevent blisters when hiking?

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The correct answer is: If you're in the market for new hiking or tennis shoes, buy them and break them in well before a hike to avoid painful blisters.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How can an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear be prevented?

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The correct answer is: ACL tears are common, very painful injuries often found in soccer players, basketball players and gymnasts. Lower your odds of a tear by making sure your strength, flexibility and endurance are appropriate for the sport you're playing and that you're using proper technique. Plyometric and balance exercises can help decrease ACL injuries.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How can shin splints be prevented?

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The correct answer is: Shin splints can put your running regimen on hold and can be severely uncomfortable. To prevent them, wear good running shoes with proper arch support, cross-train, take shorter, faster strides and always warm up before a run.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Volleyball players should wear ankle braces to prevent injury.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Braces and tape should only be worn by volleyball players who have an injury. Joints can rely on tape or braces and can become weaker and more prone to injury.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How can you tell when your bicycle helmet fits properly?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A well-fitting helmet will sit level on your head and low on your forehead, and the straps should be snug. Always wear a helmet when cycling, skateboarding or skating to protect yourself from brain or head injury.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What can you do to prevent tennis elbow?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Protect yourself against this common tennis injury by stretching, warming up, staying in good shape, wearing a brace if you're at a high risk for tennis elbow, practicing proper technique and using equipment appropriate for your weight and size.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Runner's knee is the most common injury for runners and non-runners alike.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Runner's knee can be caused by a number of things including leg length discrepancies, an increase in activities, or asymmetries of the foot, ankle or lower leg. The condition can usually be treated by rest, strengthening of the thigh and hip muscles or anti-inflammatory medications.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

During which of these sports should protective eye gear be worn?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. These sports all put you at high risk for an eye injury. When doing any of these sports, wear goggles or other appropriate eye gear.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What factors can increase your risk of a ruptured Achilles tendon?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Avoid sudden forceful motions that stress the calf muscle and overstretch the tendon. (Middle-aged adults will want to take extra care.) This is most common in basketball, racquet sports, soccer and softball.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Frequent bike riding can lead to erectile dysfunction.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Frequent bike riding can lead to erectile dysfunction, but it is almost always temporary and reversible. The pressure of sitting on a traditional bike saddle compresses both the nerves and the blood vessels that feed the penis. You can prevent this by purchasing a bike seat that does not put as much pressure on the perineum (the area between the anus and the testicles).

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Who is at risk for stress fractures while playing sports?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Stress fractures are caused by excessive or repetitive motion, making them a common injury for distance runners. Additional risk factors include being a woman, being a smoker, having low vitamin D and drinking more than 10 alcoholic drinks a week. To prevent stress fractures, wear well-cushioned shoes, increase your workouts gradually and do foot-strengthening exercises.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which should you do to avoid a knee injury when practicing squats?

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The correct answer is: Correct squatting form can keep you from getting a muscle tear. Make sure your toes are pointed straight ahead and move your hips back, so that you can see your feet when you squat.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: A safety net can prevent most trampoline accidents.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Having a safety net around a trapoline may help prevent falls, but you can't depend on it to prevent accidents. Always supervise children on a trampoline, and allow only one person on it at a time.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wearing wrist guards can prevent most skating injuries.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Wear wrist guards when skating or skateboarding to prevent fractures. Also, stay away from traffic, skate during the day and opt for smoother surfaces.

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